No meetings in April

TVUG is on Spring Break in April.  Our next meeting will be in May and will cover doing push notification messages using Xamarin and Azure.

Register now for the 2015 Microsoft Virtual Conference May 14/15


What is MVP V-Conf?
 
The MVP Virtual Conference (MVP V-Conf) is a new, virtual, 2-day event that showcases how the best and brightest independent technology experts are using Microsoft technologies today. Tune in and see what the community of power users are saying about the mobile-first, cloud-first world of possibility with Microsoft re-imagined.
 
These sessions will be presented by Americas’ Region Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), who are exceptional community leaders who are passionate about sharing their real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with their IT Pro, developer and consumer communities around the world.
 
The theme of this first conference is “The Power of Community” where we will showcase how the community can help one another learn, thrive and grow, and demonstrate how Microsoft’s MVPs shape these technical communities. 
  
The MVP V-Conf Keynote address will be delivered by Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of the Developer eXperience (DX) group at Microsoft Corp.

MVP V-Conf will be a live event broadcast on May 14th and May 15th, 2015. Sign up for sessions in English, Spanish or Portuguese tracks that span IT Professional, Developer and Consumer topics.
  • IT Pro Track
  • Developer Track
  • Consumer Track
  • LATAM Track (Spanish)
  • Brazil Track (Portuguese)
 
Why MVP V-Conf?
 
LEARN FROM RISING STARS AND INDUSTRY ICONS
Come learn from the best and brightest in the tech world today. All of the sessions will all be delivered by the Americas’ Region Microsoft MVPs. These MVPs are experts who present at premiere conferences, independent community events and local user groups all over the globe.
 
LEARN TECHNICAL CONTENT RELEVANT TO YOU
This is a technical conference focused on helping attendees to learn and develop skills for everything from everyday technical work to wackier weekend projects.  Whether it is on the IT Pro, Dev or Consumer side of things, you can bet that the content of MVP V-Conf will be cutting edge, exciting and relevant.

General MVP V-Conf Information
 
The sessions will be broadcasted live via EventBuilder. Each session will be a 50 minute presentation and have real-time Q&A via live chat.
 
Click the “Agenda” link to get an overview of the sessions, the “Sessions” link to read detailed descriptions, or the “Speakers” page to view presenters and moderators. The information about IT Professional (IT Pro) Track sessions is highlighted in blue, Developer (Dev) Track sessions in red, Consumer Tracksessions in orange, LATAM Track webcasts in Spanish in green, and the Brazilian Track webcasts in Portuguese in yellow.

Event Registration
 
To attend the event webcast(s) it's necessary to register in advance of the virtual event. You can click here.

March meeting - Using HTML/CSS/Javascript to build hybrid mobile apps

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 6:30pm

During this session we will be exploring the various tools that can be use to build mobile applications for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and a few others mobile operating systems. Although all of the tools are based on the open source Apache Cordova Platform, some make the development experience much more productive than others. We will be closely examining three of these tools and building a demo in each of them in order to highlight their differences. 

Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.


Bio
Noted woodworker and pastry Chef, Shawn Gwin has been working as a developer for decades.  An Extreme Ironing enthusiast, Shawn has competed at a semi-professional level. Shawn was the sole American on the team that designed the Car Exhaust Grill. A failed drone pilot, Shawn has extensive experience with replacing propellers and placing drones in tree tops at high speed.  Shawn lives somewhere near the Canadian border with 12 cats and a deaf Chihuahua.  Once again, Shawn has delegated the writing of his bio to people who are easily bored.

February meeting has been cancelled

Due to a schedule conflict, TVUG will not have a February meeting.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 10th.

January Meeting - Building Games for Windows and Windows Phone

We had to reschedule the November meeting for January.  There will be no meetings in December.

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, January 13th, 2015, 6:30pm

There are a variety of platforms and frameworks which can be used to build games on both Windows and Windows Phone depending on the complexity of the game and the developer's skill level. In this session, we will delve into the many options available to developers, including DirectX, Unity, MonoGame, and more!

You will learn:
  • Overview of game development on Windows and Windows Phone
  • Examples using a variety of game frameworks and platforms
  • Game development strategies and tips
Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.

Bio
Inventor, maverick, Flag Football League Coach.  That is Brian Peek and he will be bringing his presentation tour to TVUG once more.  As Ricky Jay once said, "I don't know Brian Peek".  When Brian is not coding or speaking about coding, he can be found behind the bar at The Dirty Wombat, conducting social psychology experiments while trying save a simple marsupial from extinction.  After finding success on the outskirts of Schenectady, Brian will be opening a second Dirty Wombat in the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas.  You'll be able to book your dinner reservation in the spring of 2015.  Once again, Brian has discovered the perils of not submitting a bio.

"Brian Peek. He's better than bad." - Jeremiah Morrill

November Meeting - Building Games for Windows and Windows Phone

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, 6:30pm

There are a variety of platforms and frameworks which can be used to build games on both Windows and Windows Phone depending on the complexity of the game and the developer's skill level. In this session, we will delve into the many options available to developers, including DirectX, Unity, MonoGame, and more!

You will learn:
  • Overview of game development on Windows and Windows Phone
  • Examples using a variety of game frameworks and platforms
  • Game development strategies and tips
Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.

Bio
Inventor, maverick, Flag Football League Coach.  That is Brian Peek and he will be bringing his presentation tour to TVUG once more.  As Ricky Jay once said, "I don't know Brian Peek".  When Brian is not coding or speaking about coding, he can be found behind the bar at The Dirty Wombat, conducting social psychology experiments while trying save a simple marsupial from extinction.  After finding success on the outskirts of Schenectady, Brian will be opening a second Dirty Wombat in the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas.  You'll be able to book your dinner reservation in the spring of 2015.  Once again, Brian has discovered the perils of not submitting a bio.

"Brian Peek. He's better than bad." - Jeremiah Morrill

October Meeting - Cloud Enabling your Apps

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, 6:30pm

Cloud Enabling your Apps. From games to app to web sites, learn how Microsoft Azure can bring your application to the next level. With services like push notifications, media, data storage to virtual machine and networks, you can have a cloud enabled app in no time.

Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.

Bio
Joshua Drew is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft where he is responsible for promoting the development across the Windows ecosystem all over New England. Joshua focuses on Windows 8 and Windows Phone application and gaming development using native languages, such as C# or hybrid development using HTML5/JavaScript. As an evangelist, Joshua works with professional developers and students at workshops and on-premise events to help develop apps and games along with providing guidance on user experience design, marketing and promotion.

Joshua has made his slide deck available here.

September Meeting - Diving into AngularJS with Francis Spor

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 6:30pm

As javascript has grown up, it's started to become more of a serious contender as a way to develop applications.   I'm not, by any means, claiming to be an expert on AngularJS; but, what I plan to discuss today are my thoughts as I have been learning this framework.  I'll run through a build of an app with you and try to show you some of the neat points that I have found.  I also have some resources that I can share with you that I have found to be extremely helpful in my learning process.

Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.

Bio
Francis Spor is a 30-something year old guy who is used to spending most of his days in his pajama pants in his Duanesburg fortress of solitude, working as a software developer for Sportssignup.com. He enjoys hanging out and enjoying geeky activities with his wife, four-year-old daughter, two-year-old son, and dog (who will be 6 on Saturday!) More specifically, he enjoys geocaching, board and card games, video games, watching TV, and collecting t-shirts and dust bunnies.  Follow Francis on that Twitter thing @fspOr

Early bird tickets available for Level Up conference through June 27th


Level Up is a creative tech conference that explores the process of creating and shipping modern software products. The conference will feature practical experience by industry experts, over two days, covering four themes; ideate, design, build, and launch. Join us to meet interesting people, make new friends, and learn new skills you can show off at home.  The conference will be in Saratoga, NY on October 8th and 9th.

Early bird tickets are available, starting today (June 25th) and going through the 27th.  Click here to register.

June Meeting - Deep Dive into the Visual Studio 2013 Performance and Diagnostics Hub

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 6:30pm

Visual Studio 2013 has introduced a new Performance and Diagnostics hub which encompasses a variety of new and old tools to profile your Windows Store and desktop applications. In this session, we will take a detailed look at all of the tools that the Performance and Diagnostics Hub has to offer with both XAML and HTML/JavaScript Windows Store apps, as well as some of the older profiling tools that can be used with standard desktop and web applications.

Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.

Please note: Due to an error with a previous edition of this post, certain details have been corrected.  Brian will not be teaching advanced fire breathing techniques.

Bio
Amateur sleuth, hat enthusiast, and local historian, Brian Peek has been slinging code and cracking wise for many decades. Brian is back in the Albany area with his gold plated Sony ECM-51 after a long tour as the lighting director for touring company of "P90-X: The Musical". A skilled amateur inventor, Brian has applied for (and lost) a patent for the USB Pet Rock. Brian was part of team that created the Goldfish Walker, the only ASPA approved device for taking fish out for a stroll. Once again, Brian made the mistake of letting someone else write his bio.